Masters degrees in Geohazards equip postgraduates with the skills to predict, monitor and manage hazardous environmental effects and natural disasters.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Geomatics and Geophysical Hazards. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science.
Postgraduate study of Geological Hazards trains you to assess the risk and occurrence of extreme and catastrophic natural geological events such as landslips, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Specialisations include seismology (the assessment of the frequency and magnitude of triggers and events), meteorology, volcanology and hydrogeological hazards.
Training typically includes modelling environmental processes through geomatic techniques such as GIS (geographic information systems), and geovisualisation methods such as topography. It may also include an analysis of the pollution of soils and water, or rates of ocean acidification and atmospheric climate change.
Careers may include roles in service industries such as insurance and utilities companies, disaster management for civil protection agencies and government organisations, and NGOs related to humanitarian aid and development. They may also include hazard assessment and consultancy for private firms and developers.
The programme is has been ranked No.1 overall in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (REF 2014). Soil science is now an important area of environmental science which specifically addresses the challenges of managing soil now and in the future for food production, sustainable methods of food production, and environmental hazards and toxins. You also learn about, GIS and global soil geography and remediation methods. You analyse soil and understand changing environments and the challenges that come with them. This discipline will grow in importance due to its alignment with environmental science, climate science and geology and the growing awareness of challenges within these areas in the future. You are well placed to study the subject in Aberdeen. The department is highly regarded internationally with an established soil centre,. Aberdeen is also known for the The Hutton Institute (formerly McCauley) situated on the outskirts of the city.
Graduates have chosen a variety of careers which include agricultural consulting, mining, forestry, laboratory analysis and utilities. across Scotland, the UK and internationally. Environmental and food security concerns have grown and with them the industry has required more experts to support optimal methods of soil management. You will learn with the James Hutton Institute about soil management and field experiments which explore food security.
Core Skills in Environmental Science
Global Soil Geography
Soils for Food Security
Applications of GIS
Land use and the Changing Environment on Deeside
Environmental Impact Assessment
Ecological and Environmental Modelling
Project in Soil Science
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